Virtual talk to dig into ‘dude food’

An upcoming talk hosted by Brock’s Department of History will explore the culture of ‘dude food’ with author Emily Contois.

During the virtual event Friday, Oct. 30, the author of Diners, Dudes, and Diets: How Gender and Power Collide in Food Media and Culture will speak about the phenomenon of dude food — burgers stacked impossibly high, bacon-wrapped anything and radioactive hot wings — and how ideas of gender, power and food intersect.

In the aftermath of the Great Recession, food producers and marketers desperate for new customers released a wave of food and weight-loss programs marketed with dude-friendly stereotypes. Contois’ work shows how the gendered world of food production and consumption influences the way we eat and how food is central to the contest over our identities.

Contois, Assistant Professor of Media Studies at the University of Tulsa, researches and writes about the intersection of food, health and identity in popular culture. She has appeared on CBS and BBC, and in Ugly Delicious with David Chang on Netflix.

The talk will be hosted virtually on Lifesize Friday, Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. More information on how to watch is available on ExperienceBU.

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